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  • 1 month later...

Just pulled out probably the greatest rock concert of all time, Neil Diamond's Hot August Night (40th Anniversary 24/44 remaster) for a listen.

 

I haven't heard this album for quite a while simply because it did not rock quite as well as it should with my previous system cabled with the Oyaide  Continental 5S usb.

 

With my recent change to the Shunyata alpha usb, I ventured to dive once more into this album.

 

Wow! All I can say is that my system now rocks as all get out. Pace and rhythm are top notch and Neil's energetic vocals was a reach out and touch  experience throughout the entire utterly electric performance.

 

The Shunyata alpha usb is truly a cable for all genres and seasons!

 

Cheers! Jon. 

Jon

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I just borrowed a Shunyata Research Alpha USB from the Cable Co and compared to my old Curious cable it sounds muted and muddied . It was so bad that I removed it after only 10-15 min

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I would most certainly remove it too if it isn't synergistic with my system. :)

Jon

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Was the SR cable fully burned in? If not, you might give a honest tryout, at least 300 playing hours. 15 minutes for any cable, even one burned in on another system, but not used for awhile, is simply not serious. I got the more expensive Curious USB earlier this year and found it inferior to both the Callisto and Wywires Diamond, the latter being my choice.

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23 minutes ago, highstream said:

I got the more expensive Curious USB earlier this year and found it inferior to both the Callisto and Wywires Diamond, the latter being my choice.

Some prefer the original Curious cable to the newer and more expensive Evolved.

“The best sounding audio product is the one that exhibits the least audible flaws.”

 Dr. Floyd Toole

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On 7/14/2021 at 11:42 AM, audiobomber said:

Some prefer the original Curious cable to the newer and more expensive Evolved.

 

FWIW, in my system I found the Curious Evolved to be a definite upgrade from the original Curious USB cable which it replaced. The original Curious USB cable was a noticeable improvement over the Light Harmonic Lightspeed USB cable in my system, notwithstanding that the latter was very considerably more expensive.

"Relax, it's only hi-fi. There's never been a hi-fi emergency." - Roy Hall

"Not everything that can be counted counts, and not everything that counts can be counted." - William Bruce Cameron

 

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18 minutes ago, Allan F said:

 

FWIW, in my system I found the Curious Evolved to be a definite upgrade from the original Curious USB cable which it replaced. The original Curious USB cable was a noticeable improvement over the Light Harmonic Lightspeed USB cable in my system, notwithstanding that the latter was very considerably more expensive.

Not surprised ... depends on what your system was lacking or needing to hide.

 

Price does matter but not beyond what a good cable that does not mess up more.

 

Cables are imho only for final eq after you finalised the components and 20% of the total cost of your system would be max that I will invest in cables, including powercords, dc cords, digital cables, interconnects and speaker cables .. simply no sense to put more into cables than components.

 

You will not see heapsnof 10k powercord or 5k interconnects in recording studio that create the very music that your system is trying to playback as near as possible to what the studio mixed.

 

Cheers.

 

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6 hours ago, iLguapo said:

What makes the new Curious cable “evolved?

 

FWIW, the following is offered by the cable's designer, Rob Woodland:

The new Curious Evolved USB cable takes the original design principles and pushes them further. The work wasn't so much on the data lines (which I'm really happy with) but on the ground system. And at this point, I believe the most important decision you make in designing a USB cable is how you use the ground wire/s. There is a special relationship between data lines and ground. One of those things where "art" is just as important as "science". 
 
 
 

"Relax, it's only hi-fi. There's never been a hi-fi emergency." - Roy Hall

"Not everything that can be counted counts, and not everything that counts can be counted." - William Bruce Cameron

 

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